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The term ‘sibyl’ has been generalised to mean something like ‘prophetess’, which in our secular culture is only a skip away from ‘fortune-teller’. Gabriel Crouch restores the mystery, first of all by tackling elements of Orlando Lassus’s much- discussed but seldom performed Prophetiae Sibyllarum, but also including work by faculty and students from a graduate class at Princeton, and reaching back almost a millennium to the work of Mother Hildegard. What emerges is a ravishing programme, sung with surpassing delicacy by the extraordinary Gallicantus, who seem unable to descend even as low as ‘quite good’. The articulation is micrometrically precise and the pitching flawless. Ending the programme with student Elliot Cole’s I saw you under the fig tree, the words which assert and confirm Christ’s omniscience, was a masterstroke.

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